Core Beliefs

Here at Castleton Christian Church, we believe in:

  1. Absolute Truth – This truth is revealed to us from God. He chose to do this through creation, the prophets of old, and finally in a collection of writings called the Bible.
  2. The Bible – It is the inspired Holy Word of God. It came to us through inspiration and revelation. The original copies of the Bible are without error and are completely true. Therefore, it is the final authority on all matters of Christian faith and practice.
  3. God the Father – He is the maker of heaven and earth and actively involved in the world bringing his good and perfect will to completion.
  4. Jesus the Savior – He is the only Son of God and is God.
    1. Mary gave birth to him while still a virgin
    2. He was made to suffer at the hands of the Governor, Pilate who had him beaten and then crucified.
    3. After dying on the cross, He was buried but was raised to life after the third day (Easter).
    4. He will return one day to pass judgment on the still living and those passed away.
  5. The Holy Spirit – He is the good advocate for us to the Father and is also God. He gives hope and courage to Christians, equipping them with abilities to work in the Kingdom of God. He lives inside those who have accepted the truth about Jesus.
  6. The Need For A Savior – Though mankind was created in the image of God, all have sinned and fallen short of God’s demands to live perfectly like Him.  Therefore, sinners deserve eternal punishment unless a suitable sacrifice can stand in their place.
  7. Salvation – This is only possible by the Father’s loving free gift of grace.
    1. He sent his only Son to accept our punishment for sins. Jesus submitted to the Father’s will and took upon himself this punishment of death.
    2. Though we do not earn salvation we must choose to receive God’s offer of grace. We receive this free gift by putting faith in Jesus, acknowledging our sins are evil (repentance), being immersed in water (baptized), and trying to live as members of God’s Kingdom expressed in Jesus’ teachings.
  8. The Church – This was founded on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:14-47) almost 2,000 years ago.
    1. All who confess Jesus as Lord and have received the gift of salvation are a part of the church universal. We believe those in other denominations are also Christians.
    2. The Bible teaches that the Elders are the local authority for the congregation as they submit to Jesus who is head of all churches everywhere.